Education is a Fundamental Right of Every Child

Who We Are

Syrian Kids Foundation was initially established in Reyhanli, Turkey, by a group of Canadians who seeked to offer humanitarian relief and social services to Syrian refugees from all different backgrounds. The services include free education, psychological counseling, social relief, recreational activities, and essential subsidies — as well as regular, free workshops on family and crisis counseling by volunteer psychologists. Al Salam School is our flagship program and the most important achievement of the Foundation.

Our Vision

Al Salam School regards Education as a nurturing process for the mind, soul, and body. We are committed to provide the healthiest and most secure environment for children; where their creativity and joy can thrive; where every child is respected, loved, and given the opportunity to develop strong character and positive attitude.
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think,” says Margaret Mead.

Our Mission

Al Salam School blends the best of Syrian and Canadian values — to rebuild trust, self-worth, compassion, and open-mindedness in Syrian refugee children. We are committed to using constructive educational techniques that foster critical thinking and the courage to act on principles and give children the opportunity to reach their full potential. The modified Syrian curriculum is designed to incorporate these values.

Al Salam School Overview

Al Salam School - Reyhanli, Turkey, was founded in October 2012 and accommodates, to date, 1,200 students aged 6-15, and 65 employees, including 40 teachers. The humble building consists of 11 classrooms, a front garden and a backyard. The school operates three sessions daily, six days a week. Books and all other supplies are available for free. The school also owns two donated buses and offers the children free transportation.
The School has plans to accommodate an extra 300 students and offer job opportunities to another 10 teachers by building a second floor that will consist of another 10 classrooms.
The school also plans on opening an educational centre in the backyard expansion, teaching English and Turkish languages and computer training to adults.

The Children of Syria

With the rising number of Syrian civilians fleeing to neighboring countries in search for safety and shelter, there is a growing number of children lacking basic needs and access to education — but most significantly lacking hope for the future. One million Syrians are in Turkey in 2014; 795,000 of them are children of school age. The children suffer from trauma and serious psychological consequences as a result of exposure to violence and loss of loved ones.